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Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 Grabbeplatz
Art of the 20th century in K20
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 Grabbeplatz
Beuys at K20
Art of the 20th century in K20
Schmela house of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Photo: A. Kukulies
Beuys at K20
Schmela house of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Photo: A. Kukulies

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 Grabbeplatz

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents a demanding and variegated exhibition program at three locations: at the K20 Grabbeplatz, at the K21 Ständehaus and at the Schmela Haus.

Exactly a half-century ago, in August of 1961, the regional government of North Rhine-Westphalia established the Foundation of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. The purchase of 88 works by artist Paul Klee was the “opening salvo.” Since then, the Kunstsammlung has become one of the most recognized art museums worldwide, with a collection which ranges from Classical Modernism to American Pop Art and major contemporary works.

Celebrated in 1986 was the inauguration of the newly-constructed building of the Kunstsammlung am Grabbeplatz, with its characteristic black granite façade
Working in the tradition of Arne Jacobsen, the Copenhagen architectural office of Dissing + Weitling created a noble, restrained building whose detailing is typical of the period, and which yielded primacy to the outstanding works of art on display. Inaugurated in July 2010 together with the reopening of the totally renovated existing building is an additional exhibition area measuring 2000 m², which features state-of-the-art exhibition technology and takes the form of two pillar-free exhibition halls – thereby bringing the total surface area to 5000 m².

With major works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Piet Mondrian, among others, as well as a wide-ranging ensemble of now 100 drawings and paintings by Paul Klee, the permanent collection of the Kunstsammlung offers a singular perspective of classical modernism. The collection of postwar American art includes works by Jackson Pollock and Frank Stella and by Pop artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol; other high points of the collection are works by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Tony Cragg, Sarah Morris, Katharina Fritsch, and Imi Knoebel.

Schmela Haus on Mutter Ey Straße beautifully complements the architectural ensemble of the Landessammlung. Completed by Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999) in 1971 and now under landmarks protection, this building was the first erected in the Federal Republic specifically as a gallery and is now conceptualized for the Kunstsammlung as an experimental rehearsal stage.


Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 Grabbeplatz
Grabbeplatz 5
40213 Düsseldorf

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